Creation vs. Evolution—Some Resources

Biblical creation is foundational to Christian education. The Bible starts with creation, and it should not surprise us that a person's beliefs about creation significantly impacts his or her worldview. It is therefore problematic that the Supreme Court has (mis)interpreted the First Amendment so as to bar teaching creation in the public schools. They have rigged the system in favor of naturalism, evidenced by the exclusive teaching of Darwinian evolution in biology courses.

Wherever Christians school their children, they need to make sure to provide their children with a strong grounding in biblical creation. Here are some resources to help.

Best Books on Biblical Creation

I believe the Bible teaches that God created the earth in six literal 24-hour days. I therefore believe the age of the earth is relatively young (probably between 6 to 10,000 years old). I firmly reject Darwinian evolution because it is unbiblical and unscientific, and I believe Scripture is quite clear that Adam was a real historical person whom God made from the dust. I am well aware that some Christians hold other views on creation, such as the day-age view and the literary framework view. The following books provide a critique of such alternative views and show why Genesis 1 and 2 teach the literal six day 24-hour view. 

Creation in Six Days by James Jordan is the best defense of six day creationism out there. It is not a well-known work, but it should be. A must-have in any Christian library. 

Creation and Change by Douglas Kelly is another great book that argues for a literal reading of Genesis 1. Dr. Kelly particularly deals with the scientific arguments made for an old earth. 

Best Books Critiquing Darwinian Evolution

It is important for Christians to be able to critique Darwinian evolution, as this view forms the basis for modern atheism and seeks to undercut the reliability of Scripture. Yes, there are Christians who hold to a form of theistic evolution, but I believe this view is incompatible with the Bible (as well as being unscientific). 

Should Christians Embrace Evolution? edited by Norman Nevin is an excellent book that provides biblical and scientific arguments against Darwinism.

Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey is great apologetic work that provides a scientific as well as a philosophical critique of Darwinism (it addresses other great topics as well).

There are many, many books on Intelligent Design. While ID is not equivalent to biblical creation, it does provide a healthy scientific critique of Darwinism. Here are two easy-to-read books on ID—The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design by Jonathan Wells and The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel. Wells is a PhD biologist, and Strobel’s book interviews many academic critics of evolution. 

Evolution and the Historical Adam

One of the clearest books advocating evolution is Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne. I completely disagree with this book, and Coyne is an atheist. But if someone wants to seriously interact with Darwinism, this is a good place to go. 

I should also point out that there are many theistic evolutionists who are now questioning the historicity of Adam (proving how dangerous theistic evolution is). So while I believe some of the views found in the following two books are unbiblical and dangerous, I am mentioning them because these subjects may be of interest. Both Three Views on Creation and Evolution and Four Views on the Historical Adam will expose the reader to these other views.


There is much one can read on the subject of creation. There are books that focus primarily on the Bible's teaching on creation (Jordan and Kelly), as well as books that focus primarily on evolution (Nevin, Pearcey, and Wells). If I had to just pick one, I would go with Jordan's Creation in Six Days. Christians must start with the Bible as our authority. And if we know and believe what God says about creation, we will be well equipped to refute anything that contradicts His Word on the subject.